AJAC + Lacey MakerSpace

New Partnership Provides Programming for Thurston County

Lynn Strickland speaks at the Lacey MakerSpace with legislator Marilyn Strickland.

Empowering the Future: Representative Marilyn Strickland's Visit to Lacey MakerSpace

Congressional Representative Marilyn Strickland recently toured the Lacey MakerSpace, engaging in a dynamic exchange of ideas, innovation, and collaboration. Accompanied by AJAC Executive Director Lynn Strickland and Lacey MakerSpace Executive Director Michelle Pope, the visit underscored the vital role of apprenticeships in shaping tomorrow’s workforce.

This meeting highlighted a shared commitment to empowering individuals through education and practical skills development. The partnership between Lacey MakerSpace and AJAC, guided by dedicated leaders, emerged as a beacon of effective collaboration in nurturing talent and driving economic progress.

In an era of rapid technological advancement and digital disruption, these serve as vital pillars in preparing the workforce of the future. Representative Strickland’s engagement with local stakeholders underscores a proactive approach to addressing workforce development challenges on a national scale. The tour exemplified the transformative impact of collaboration and innovation in shaping a skilled and adaptable workforce poised to thrive in the 21st-century economy.

Strategic Partnership for Workforce Development
AJAC’s partnership with the Lacey MakerSpace is a strategic move aligned with our mission to develop a skilled and adaptable workforce. The Lacey MakerSpace offers a unique environment where innovation, creativity, and hands-on learning converge. By collaborating with them, we provide our apprentices with access to cutting-edge technology, tools, and resources essential for mastering the skills required in today’s rapidly evolving industries.

This partnership enhances our ability to deliver comprehensive training programs that combine theoretical knowledge with practical application. Their facilities and expertise foster an environment where apprentices can experiment, prototype, and bring their ideas to life. This experiential learning approach not only boosts technical proficiency but also encourages problem-solving, critical thinking, and innovation—key competencies for the modern workforce.

Together, we’re empowering individuals, supporting industries, and building a robust foundation for future economic progress.


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